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“Panamanian food at its best” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Boquete By Big Food Grill

Cafe Boquete By Big Food Grill
Ranked #29 of 102 Restaurants in Boquete
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Medellin, Colombia
Level Contributor
40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Panamanian food at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

Great value,fresh food,owned and operated by a nice family. Close to downtown & very clean. Breakfast,lunch and BBQ at night.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Steve D
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Go-To Panamanian Food Spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2013

This is my favorite Panamanian food restaurant in Boquete. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Though I have yet to try breakfast there, I hit it up for lunch at least once a week. The fried chicken plate, with rice and beans (sometimes lentils instead), and salad (which is more of a coleslaw, but still delicious), with fruit punch is only $3.25 and would be worth the money at twice the price.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Empshel
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Mouth-watering grilled meat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

I like finding cheap local eats and I love anything grilled. Check and check.

This place is right next to where I take my laundry and I was lured in by the smell of meat cooking. It's a small no-frills place a couple blocks off the main road (behind the police station one block to the east). They're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but they only fire up the grill for dinner. Hours are a bit vague - I've been told any time after 5:00 but that doesn't seem to be strictly adhered to so if you don't want to be disappointed I'd suggest going some time after 6:00 or 6:30.

The service can be slow because it's basically a one-man operation and depending on what they have on hand they may have to run to the store to accommodate your order (this happened a couple times). If you get bothered by slow service, this probably isn't the place for you!

But other than that it's lovely. The people are friendly and the food is cheap and good. Hamburgers with cheese and bacon are $2.50 and choripan (kind of a misnomer because it's not exactly chorizo - more like a big high-quality hotdog with grilled bun and chimichurri) is $2.25, and both are perfectly executed. They also have grilled chicken, ribs, and steak and sides (patacones, french fries, etc.). You can get a big glass of juice for 75 cents and they also have soda and cans of beer. If you judge a restaurant by how many times you return, this would be one of the best in Boquete for me because I've been there several times.

Side note - they're also open for breakfast and lunch and serve more typical Panamanian fare for those meals, but I've only been there for the grill at dinner :)

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shannon L
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Boquete, Panama
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Even better!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

We arrived at Cafe Boquete at noon last Saturday, just as the Independence (from Spain) Day parade kicked off right in front of us. Happily, Cafe Boquete was open and serving lunch (Nice new tables and chairs added since our first visit). We got to sit outside and watch the parade when the participants were still fresh and enthusiastic. The "tipico" lunch of chicken, rice, potato salad, and plantain (See picture), plus two Panamas (beers), was delicious and cost just $10.
: )

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank mtnmarathoner
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Awesome food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

Ok every once ina while you luck on to a place and whilst happy to find it now you are upset not to have found it before this is Cafe Boquete which is right behind the Police station.

So a friend from chicago said i got to try their hot dog - chori pan - a chorizo bratwurst in french bread with chimichuri and in 3 days been there 3 times. The grill chicken was great and tonight had the ribs and the plan is the steak tomorrow or Tuesday.

Things to note is the cooking is all done on a small grill so takes some time from ordering to grtting your food but oh so worth the wait.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Randall H
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